Sunday, 23 November 2014

Paws & Play - Holiday Pet Boxes + PROMO CODE

Paws & Play Limited Edition Holiday 2014 boxes have been released! This is your chance to get your paws on a Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice and/or the Secret Santa box for your furbaby this Christmas.

Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice $14.95 - For Cat or Dog
Here are some special hints from the pup elves busy at work this week! We have selected some cute and yummy stocking stuffer's for this box, the Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice box is a complete, premium quality gift, ready for eager tail wagging and sensory festive delights unique to this edition. On the menu? Cookies, treats and a special sweet holiday toy!

Secret Santa Box $24.95 - For Cat or Dog
Unlike the Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice box, the Secret Santa Box is just as unique and original as Maximus the St. Bernard Reindeer! Paws & Play has selected a variety of items for this box; including a healthy selection of festive treats to delight the palate, and a few cute wintertime cuddly's to comfort the soul and reward the best of puppies and kitties on Santa's naughty and nice list!

Pet Parent Luxe Essentials Kit $16.95 - For Dogs
Looking for the perfect gift to surprise your pet sitter, dog walker, rescue hero, veterinarian or groomer with? The Pet Parent Kit is a purrfect solution! Ideal not only for pet mamas and papas, but also great for folks working and volunteering with our most loved BFF's! You can have this kit delivered straight to the recipient, with a personalized note on a premium, hand crafted holiday card right inside the box! (please leave personalized note in order notes at checkout). Paws & Play has selected a premium collection of items for pet mamas and papas that are 100% pet approved! Let your furbaby treat you and the ones they loves to a unique gift this holiday season. Plus, get yours for extra special pricing because they are on sale now!

You could also order the pet lover in your life a subscription to Paws & Play. Subscriptions start at $14.95  per month and are available for Cats or Dogs.

In addition to these fun surprise gift boxes, you can save 15% at checkout using promo code slobber15!

Click here to check out Paws & Play!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

New Canadian Subscription Box Find - RawSpiceBar + PROMO CODE

RawSpiceBar is a new subscription service offering a monthly box of spices. RawSpiceBar a 'dual-citizen' subscription service, with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. For only $6 per month, you will receive 3 premium spice blends from around the world direct to your door.  Each spice box averages 2-5 ounces of spice blends and yields a complete 3 dish meal for 10-12 people.
Our primary mission is to enable cooks to incorporate 3 unique, global, freshly ground spice blends, especially those that are not yet prominent in the US, into everyday cooking each month.
In addition to the spices, RawSpiceBar includes an "origins, instructions and recipes" card for each spice blend that includes the blend's history, cooking and storage instructions as well as suggested recipes.  RawSpiceBar also includes another 10-25 recipe ideas for each spice blend on their website, and they are sure to provide a great variety of options for vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, gluten free and healthy eaters alike.  Each blend label includes a description, the ingredients, and RawSpiceBar's storing instructions.

All the spices use ingredients of the highest quality (and they opt for fair trade and organic spices where possible), sourced from global spice producers. RawSpiceBar blends contain no fillers, such as MSG, salt, rice, or flour. The blends are 100% gluten-free. The spices are ground fresh, so by the time your box arrives, the spices will be just 7-10 days past the ground date!
Our spice experts, many of whom are award winning chefs, bring you unique spice blends from the highest quality spices around the world, with an unprecedented focus on quality and flavor. 

RawSpiceBar costs $6 per month, including shipping, and is available for a 3, 6, or 12 month period. This would make an excellent gift for a foodie or chef. The first box ships the first week of January, so if you purchase a gift subscription for the holidays, you will receive a custom gift certificate by mail or e-mail. 

At only $6 per month, RawSpiceBar is an affordable way to bring some excitement back into your kitchen. If you are looking for something to replace ChefButler, this may be the subscription for you.

Now the exciting part... RawSpiceBar has created an exclusive promo code for Canadian Box Addict readers. You can earn an extra month for free on a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. Just enter promo code cdnspiceaddict at checkout. The promo won't show on your e-mail confirmation, but it does log on RawSpiceBar's end, so they will be sure to include the extra month at the end of your subscription term.

Click here to check out RawSpiceBar.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Julep - Free Gift with Purchase PROMO CODE

Holiday Glam GWP

Now this is a free gift I can get behind. Spend $35 on Julep products (not including monthly Maven boxes), and you can get this SHINY 6-piece gift set, valued at $120, for FREE. Just enter promo code SHINETIME at checkout, and this sparkly Glam Kit will be yours free. The sequin clutch would be a great accessory to a basic black holiday outfit. Julep has some great  holiday collections available right now so it's very easy to spend $35 in shop!

Click here to shop Julep

The fine print:
Offer expires 11/24/2014 at 11:59pm PT, or while supplies last. Promotional code SHINETIME must be entered at checkout. Click Start Shopping to automatically add a Shine Time Gift set to shopping bag. Set is free with purchase of $35.00+ of other products. Offer may not be combined with any other promotional code. Orders placed for the Monthly Maven Reveal (e.g. monthly Maven Boxes, Upgrade Boxes, and add-ons) are not eligible. No exchanges or returns on free gift. No adjustments on previous purchases. Taxes vary by location.

Topbox Review - November 2014 - Canadian Beauty Subscription Box

What is it? Topbox
How Much? $12 per month plus tax, shipping included
What’s in it?  4 deluxe beauty samples  
Topbox is a Canadian subscription service that sends four deluxe samples from top beauty brands each month. Topbox is the premiere monthly beauty subscription box in Canada and at only $12 per month, it's a great intro box for those interested in what the beauty box craze is all about.
The regular Topbox ships in a cylinder tube, but I opted for the "eco" option instead. I have so many tubes and no idea what to do with them. Any suggestions? The organza bag also gave me a peek at my samples. Looks good!

Product Card

UniqOne All in One Hair Treatment (8ml sample, $1.06)
Uniq One All in One Hair Treatment provides you with 10 real hair benefits that will enhance a sublime, stunning healthy and protected hair. Trying is believing. Uniq One All in One treatment provides 10 real hair benefits: Repair for dry & damaged hair. Shine & frizz control. Heat protection. Silkiness & smoothness. Hair color protection with UVA & UVB filters. Easier brushing & ironing. Incredible detangling. Long-lasting hairstyle. Split ends prevention. Adds body.

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara (4ml deluxe sample, $12)
Designed for after-hours seduction, our ultimate mascara combines three key elements to create drama, volume and curl, packaged into our iconic squeezy tube. Our new curvaceous brush lifts, curls and volumises for supreme lash perfection with a water-resistant, carbon black finish. We use a unique conditioning formula that blends key ingredients Keratin and Shea Butter for instantly transformed lashes and superior staying-power that's easy to remove.
This squeeze tube is kind of genius. Finally you can get all the mascara out of the tube! This sample is about half a full size version.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum (5ml, $12)
This sheer lightweight liquid serum with micro-caplets activates when dispensed, providing a refreshing burst that initially clings to skin then dries to a smooth weightless finish. Use to help reinforce skin's essential moisture barrier, even skin tone, retexturize, and reduce the appearance of first signs of aging. Rejuvenates the look of tired skin for a more energized complexion.
What's the deal Topbox? I received this same sample last month

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer (1.18ml, $2.80)
Take flawless into overtime! This instant PRO-long primer acts like a magnet to lock on your foundation for up to 15 fresh and flawless hours. The invisible stick-primer glides directly onto skin for optimal wear and a natural-looking finish. 
Earlier in November, Topbox promised to include a Benefit product in every regular Topbox if the Benefit Canada Instagram account reached 17,000 followers. The goal was reached. I expected a bonus Benefit product this month. When I received my bag and it only included the usual four products, I went back to the post. Looks like I misread it. They didn't promise an extra sample. They only promised that one sample in the regular box would be Benefit. Chances are one of the samples was always going to be Benefit, regardless of how many IG followers Benefit Canada received. I wonder how many other people fell for this sneaky trick.

The November Topbox included four products, valued just over $27. I'm not super thrilled this month. One product is a duplicate from last month and the Benefit situation was a let down. The mascara is the only thing that really excites me. From a more objective view, it's a decent, well rounded box. I like when a box includes items from a few categories and this one touches on hair care, skin care, and cosmetics. The value isn't bad and the sample sizes are decent. Two products are new to me, and subscription boxes are all about discover, so I guess it's a win.

Click here to check out Topbox.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Happy Trunk - Preview Black Friday Sale

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What is it? The Happy Trunk
How much?  $19.95/month (save w/ 3, 6 & 12 month subscriptions), plus $9.95/month shipping
What's in it? 2-3 hands on projects, with all materials and instructions included. Age groups 3-7 years or 8-11 years. 

The Happy Trunk  is an activities box for kids. Boxes come in two different age groups. The 3-7 year boxes are themed activity boxes with art, craft and science activities. Each box has all materials and know how to complete 2-3 projects inspiring creativity and exploration. The Happy Trunk boxes for 8-11 year age group are designed differently. These boxes do not follow a particular theme. Each box comes with 2-3 projects, one more geared towards arts & crafts, and one towards scientific exploration. All materials and know how included.

The Happy Trunk is offering a pre-Black Friday Sale for one day only. Save 50% off your first box using promo code PREVIEW50.  This brings your first box down to $9.98, plus shipping. For Canadians, this discount basically covers the cost of shipping, so it's still a good deal. The promo is good through the end of day on November 21st, 2014.

Click here to check out The Happy Trunk .

Beauty Box 5 Review - November 2014 - Beauty Subscription Box + PROMO CODES

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What is it? Beauty Box 5
How Much? $12/month, $30/quarter, $99/year  plus $3 shipping per box
What's in it? 5 samples from your favourite beauty brands 
Beauty Box 5 is a beauty sampling service that sends 5 deluxe or full sized products every month. The boxes ship from Houston, Texas and usually take 1-2 weeks to arrive. BB5 does not provide tracking information or e-mail notification once the box ships. According to the shipping label this box shipped November 11, and arrived November 18th.

I saw a lot of spoilers and blog reviews before I received my box. I knew what to expect, but what I received was even worse than I imagined.

The theme for November is "Gracefully Grounded" and includes products to give your body some attention so it glows from within... or something.

Product Card

HASK Macadamia Oil Hair Treatment (18ml, $2.99)
This is the best item in the box and it's tiny!

Laura Ashley Body Butter in Sweet Peony (1.75oz, $3)
I don't mind the scent of this lotion and I could get over the weird texture. What I can't get over is the fact that my sealed package was very obviously unsealed, with one end peeled back. Not sure if it was a factory error or someone went fishing around for some lotion... either way, it was gross and this was tossed. 

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash (1.8oz, $0.50)
This is not unlike the ones people receive free in Sample Source mailings. If you haven't signed up for Brand Sampler yet, you really should! The last mailing was in October and I received 14 items all for free!

DenTek Floss Picks + Case ($0.75)
Dental picks in a beauty box. You have reached a new low, Beauty Box 5. These are normally sold in a pack of two cases or four cases. A four-pack of cases is $2.99, which makes this single pack worth less than 75 cents. And don't even get me started on BB5's new Instagram video trying to sell these as a nail art tool. Also of note, this case is not sealed in any way.

After Feather Refillable Travel Bottle ($4.50)
When I first heard we were getting an empty travel bottle I thought WTF BEAUTY BOX 5!?!?!? But now that it's here, and I read about what it is, I'm okay with this. The bottle is made from post-consumer recycled materials, and they give back 10% of profits to charity. It's sturdy and better quality than other travel bottles I have. I would never in a million years pay that much to buy another one though, and receiving an empty bottle still really sucks when you take the box as a whole. If the rest of the items were better, this would have been more appreciated.

The November Beauty Box 5 contained five products with an estimated value of $11.25. That's less than the cost of the monthly subscription. And if you are Canadian, paying $12 per month, plus $3 shipping... you were ripped off. I signed up for a year subscription using a promo code, and before they started charging the Canadian shipping fee, so I'm only paying about $8 a box. Even at that, this box is dismal. With Birchbox now shipping to Canada at only $14.95 per month (Canadian dollars), Beauty Box 5 is out of its league. I've already e-mailed requesting cancellation when my term is up in February. I am not willing to pay for another year of boxes full of crap I can either get for free from other sources, or for cheap from a dollar store.

If for some reason you want to give Beauty Box 5 a try,  grab one of these promo codes, because no one should pay full price for this box.
  • YEARLY84 will get you a year subscription for $84.15, plus $36 for the year of shipping ($3 per box). That works out to $10 per box, including shipping. This is the best deal around.
  • FREEBOXME or FREEBOX1 will get you the previous month's box free! This code is for new subscribers only.
  • HALFOFF will get you $6 off your first month's box. This is a good one for those that only want to sign up for a monthly or quarterly term.

For an alternative, in the same price range, check out Birchbox. It's $14.95 per month with shipping, or $160 per year. Those are Canadian dollars, while BB5 is US dollars, so it works out pretty well the same.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Popbasic - New Limited Edition Amelie Collection Available + DISCOUNT!

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What is it? Popbasic
How Much? Between $50-100 per collection, with free shipping (does not cover duties/tax). Save $15 off your first order using my referral link.
What's in it? Three-piece micro collection plus a beauty or lifestyle surprise from a partnering company.
Popbasic is a fashion service based in San Francisco, California. Popbasic believes "staples are a necessity in every wardrobe".  Popbasic produces "beautiful, luxurious pieces so you can build your wardrobe over time". It's not a subscription service. If you sign up to receive one collection, you will not automatically receive the next one. Instead, Popbasic releases details on each collection and let's you decide whether or not you want to purchase it. 

Basics should be beautiful, super soft, but most of all fun!

A new Popbasic collection was released today and it's a good one! The Amelie Collection is $70 and includes a dress and two accessories.

Le Breton Dress (retail $70)
A fun twist on our classic Le Breton. We’ve taken it out for a spin, added pockets and adjusted the sleeves to a 3/4 length for transitional dressing. 95% rayon; 5% spandex.

Silver Tube Necklace (retail $25)
For those days when you’re after that perfectly simple, yet delicate accessory. Wear on its own or layered with another chain. Alloy, silver plated.

Infinity Knot Bracelet (retail $20)
Whether worn on its own, or stacked with other pretty pieces, our Infinity Knot Bracelet will be a lovely addition to your collection. Rope, alloy.

I LOVE this collection. A striped dress like this has been on my wish list for a while. The necklace is perfect and the knot bracelet is my style as well. I ordered as soon as I saw it. 

Click here to check out the Amelie Collection from Popbasic. New subscribers can use my referral link to save $15 off your first purchase.

BuddhiBox Review - November 2014 - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box

What is it? BuddhiBox
How Much? $30.95 US per month, plus $9.99 shipping to Canada
What’s in it? Mix of 4-6 full-size products and product samples to enrich mind, body, and soul.

BuddhiBox is a new subscription service for yoga lovers.  The goal of BuddhiBox is to deliver monthly mindfulness through a curated box of products that enhance your yoga practice and lifestyle". Each month you will receive items that enrich mind, body, and soul. Items may include healthy food, supplements, beauty products, and yoga accessories. A monthly BuddhiBox will include 4-6 products for you to discover and share.
Even if you don't practice yoga, BuddhiBox is for people who enjoy a peaceful and mindful existence. BuddhiBox practices Saucha (living purely) and only partners with businesses that follow ethical and conscious standards in production. They also donate a portion of proceeds to charity. This month, BuddiBox is sponsoring One Love San Diego
This BuddhiBox shipped November 10th from San Diego, California, and arrived at my door for delivery November 13th. Unfortunately I wasn't home, so I picked it up a couple days ago. Very quick shipping though.

First look

The first look wasn't a surprise. BuddhiBox has been promoting this box for quite a while, and all the products were revealed in advance. I knew what I was getting when I signed up. BuddhiBox also sent a full reveal e-mail a couple days after the boxes shipped. For this box, I won't complain since the spoilers were already out, but in the future, I hope they treat it more as a surprise and don't reveal so much in advance. I had the same request with the newly launched Indulge Me Box.

The box included a detailed product card, a yoga posture card (Downward Facing Dog), and a recipe for raw, vegan Mint Chocolate Nanaimo Bars. My mother lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia, home of the Nanaimo Bar, and my Grandmother makes THE BEST original Nanaimo Bar around.  For the cream layer, this version uses soaked raw nuts and spinach! I'm not sure I'm ready for a raw-volution.

Yoga Digest Magazine (November issue, $5.99)
A vibrant community of like-minded, optimistic and passionate wellness advocates who inspire, educate, and connect through a shared belief that everyone deserves a happy and healthy lifestyle. Spreading the passion for yoga, one page at a time.

Jo-Sha Wipes (4 assorted, $4)
Essential oil wipes that cleanse and naturally disinfect while the subtle aromatherapy soothes the senses. 

Great Soles Ballet/Barre/Yoga Socks ($12)
Comfortable, all-natural cotton treaded sock that holds your downward-facing dog in stay by providing grip at key contact points.

Dye Ties Goddess 5 Hair Tie Collection ($12.95)
Hair ties that don’t pull or damage your hair. Set of 5, each with separate designs. All hand dyed and tied in the USA.

Real Beauty for a Cause - Lemon Coconut Sugar Scrub  (4oz, $14.99)
Sugar cane granules infuses virgin coconut oil to give your skin deep hydration. Coconut Oil contains high levels of antioxidant to restore skin, leaving it silky soft. The lemon essential oil helps to rid the skin of toxins while brightening a dull complexion. 

Raw Revolution Organic Bar - Cranberry Almond Coconut ($2)
Made with organic, sprouted superfoods for dense nutritional content. Always vegan and made with minimal processing. Simply irresistible!

Coye Candle Co. - Blood  Orange Soy Wax Candle (deluxe sample, ~$10)
Made with 100% pure soy wax, this candle contains no pesticides or toxic materials; is biodegradable; is a renewable resource; burns slower and cooler than paraffin wax, creating a longer burning candle.

The first BuddhiBox contained 6 products, with a retail value of $66. I took advantage of the founders discount BuddhiBox was offering last month, and scored this box for $32.94, with shipping. Normally this box would cost Canadian customers $40.94, with shipping. If this is too pricy for you, BuddhiBox also offers a smaller box for $11.95 per month, plus shipping. It includes 2-3 product samples and coupons. For this box, I love the candle and scrub. Both smell divine. Citrus scents are my absolute favourite so these two products are perfect for me. The wipes are a treat too because I love wipes like this, but don't often get them in subscription boxes anymore. I received the same Great Soles socks in my Fall Edition FabFitFun VIP box, so these will be gifted to a yoga loving friend. The only product I don't like is the hair ties. I am not a fan of ribbon hair ties like this and am never pleased when they appear in one of my subscription boxes. They have been added to the gift pile. It's a great first box from BuddhiBox and really gives an indication of what is to come in future months. I'm sticking around for at least one more month to see what comes next.
Click here to check out BuddhiBox.

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